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Tauranga Club
Lev 5 Devonport Towers,
72 Devonport Rd,
PO Box 2401, Tauranga 3140,
New Zealand
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Upcoming Events
Adelaide to Darwin the hard way
Nov 22, 2019
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
AGM and accounts
Nov 29, 2019
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
Friday (4pm??) fives
Tauranga Club
Nov 29, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Taking on Bureaucracy
Dec 06, 2019
6:30 AM – 8:00 AM
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Visitors:  Terry Molloy, Wayne Werder, Colin Beere, Vanessa Moodie
Past President Pat’s Welcome…
Anniversaries: Rotary 20th anniversary, Lynda Burch, Rotary 9th anniversary, David Robinson
Congratulations: To Glenn Dougal and WAVE Creative Communications Agency on winning Corporate Sponsorship Award at the recent Westpac Tauranga Business awards.
Bob’s Barbeque: Advance notice, Bob’s World Famous in NZ Barbeque will be returning late February 2020.
Christmas Get together: Les advised that there will be a get together at Zest Café on either Wednesday December 6, or Wednesday 11 December. Watch your email and RSVP.
K Valley Cycle event: Publicity and organisation is well underway for this event.  
Events Committee meeting: Will be on December 6, after the usual morning meeting, which will also be a partner’s meeting. RSVP for numbers will be needed, details to come.
Mary:  Barry Vercoe is home and sends a thank you for all the support over his time in hospital. More surgery is likely but no timeframe on that.
Pam Pedersen and family have sent a thank you card to the club, which Mary read to us, expressing their appreciation for all the support and care surrounding the loss of Stuart. 
Noises Off! – featuring Greg Brownless starts tonight through to 7 th Dec. Mary is organising a party of Rotarians to attend on the 27 th. Email: Mob: 027 475 7140 (Definitely the funniest play I have ever seen - Dave).
Christmas Puddings: Thank you to everyone for your orders. They come in multiples of six from the supplier and, as we have hit a multiple with current orders, puddings are now off!! Delivery of those ordered will be first week in December. 
Homes of Hope: Wayne Shadbolt, on behalf of Homes of Hope, asked if anyone could donate a couple of adult pushbikes to enable volunteers to participate in bike rides with kids.
Guest Speaker – our own Max Mason, with tales from his ride from Adelaide to Darwin, on behalf of Rotary and the Graeme Dingle Foundation.
I woke up like this.
Max has been there, done that and got the (Rotary) T-shirt, courtesy of John Carlson’s excellent printing. High(low)lights were headwinds all the way, 50 metre road trains, bore water causing the runs in the desert (where there is no privy privacy from trees), having to euthanize an injured wallaby, chafing and endure a neighbouring couple’s very noisy sexploits. Max took us through back blocks Australia, quirky towns, pubs (with bra ceilings), anthills, roadhouses, missile testing sites, underground houses (Coober Pedy) and Wycliffe Well, UFO centre of Australia.
In Alice Springs, on his 59th birthday he met someone from Tauranga (as you do) and declared his favourite day of the trip involved a bath mat retrieved from the rubbish and soft grass letting him sleep! He also fitted in two Rotary club visits (one a males only club!), raised close to $8,000 and attributes his stamina to previous experience (giving him confidence), body fitness (with a fair amount of junk food thrown in) and mind preparation (no negativity, public commitment, single focus and also audio books – the whole Harry Potter series no less!) Many Australians declared him “Bloody mad, mate” but Max’s journey, both daunting and inspiring, probably better sums up how most of us feel about Max as a Rotarian!    
Raffle – Ian Burns
Sergeant:  Dave Woodhouse gave us a three-course repast of witticisms:
Firstly new definitions of old words, highlights being some Sean Connery attributions and:
Wiki leaks – using the waste paper basket as a urinal  
Dentist – a man who fixes cars
Hullaballoo – how to greet a bear
Halitosis – athlete’s foot caused by a Comet
And (my personal favourite), something Prince Andrew could have used:
Kingdom – Royal contraceptive
Secondly, how to waste a scammer’s time (for twenty-seven and a half minutes) by pretending to be an 87 year old female chain of florist shops' owner, with a toy boy, and a taste for weekly rampant sex…….(Dave needs to give us the full version sometime – ed.)
Thirdly – an inspirational rewrite of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’ – as long as you are prepared to be a dog!  
Santa puts in an appearance on 20 December. Start looking now for a gift (male for male/female for female) for some poor unsuspecting Rotarian to cherish forever. $10 or thereabouts is the suggestion and preferably gift wrapped in recyclable newspaper
And finally.......
What do you call people who are afraid of Santa Claus? Claustrophobic


Parting Thought  Glenys Parton – Gratitude among friends is like credit among tradesmen: it keeps business up, and maintains commerce. And we pay not because it is just to discharge our debts, but that we might the more easily find lenders on another occasion - Francois, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680). 

Duties for the next 3 weeks:

29 November
6 December
13 December
Dean Thompson
James Clague
Steve Read
Technology Set-up
John Carlson
David Robinson
Les Geraghty
Second door and Parting Thought
Mary O’Sullivan
Barbara Whitton
Rhonda Wisbey 
Dan Allen-Gordon
Andrew Knowles
Shiv Thammalla
Speaker Intro and Host
Phil Mangos
Henry Kayser
Speaker Thanks
Chris Dever
Greg Brownless
Ken White
Pauline Cowens
Paul Belcaster
Bulletin Editor
Bill Chapman
Dave Woodhouse
Neville Whitworth
James Clague
Steve Read
Lisa Phillips
Leo Mangos – Taking on Bureaucracy
Peter Buell -